A Columbia, South Carolina police officer has been suspended without pay for saying the “N-Word” during a heated confrontation with bar patrons.
Sgt. Chad Walker, a 14-year veteran of the department, clearing patrons out of Bar None in Five Points Saturday around 11 p.m. when he uttered the racial slur. Walker accused a black patron of calling him the word when he told him to leave the bar.
“You got mad because I told you you couldn’t drink your drink so you called me that word,” Walker said to the Black patron.
A woman soon led the Black man away from the confrontation.
Walker continued, “All you’re doing is calling me ignorant. That’s what that word means. If you’d like to call yourself ignorant, keep saying it.”
“It is evident the actions of Sgt. Walker were a clear failure to fulfill the expectations and standards of our department,” Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook said in a news release.